Haguruka’s lawyers and paralegals provide legal aid and advocate for the rights of women and children in Rwanda.
In order to achieve its mission, Haguruka employs community paralegals who help others in case of disputes where the rights of women and children are violated. Community paralegals are volunteers and most have very basic training in law, particularly in matters relating to land.
Haguruka engages 416 paralegals, who work in each of Rwanda’s administrative sectors. Paralegals are aware of the problems faced by women and children and are in a position to refer them to Haguruka’s lawyers when the issues are beyond their competence.
In 2013 the LAND (please clarify what this is, using the full name) Project selected Haguruka to implement a training course for paralegals. District National Women’s Council volunteers were also included in the training.
The training focused on the new legal framework governing land in Rwanda. During the past training, an emphasis was put on general principles of the land law, change brought by the new land law and key legal provisions from other land-related laws.